Ignoring a Cavity: Why It’s a Bad IdeaJune 22, 2022
How Invisalign® Compares to Metal BracesJuly 22, 2022
You’ve seen how beautifully porcelain veneers can transform a person’s smile and now want the cosmetic procedure. But are they really the solution you’re looking for? Before any final decision is made, our Washington cosmetic dentist can take a look at your teeth and offer professional advice on how to achieve your dream smile.
Here’s what you need to know about what constitutes a “good” veneers candidate and a few key benefits to keep in mind.
Your Reason Behind Wanting Veneers Matters
When you look in the mirror and smile, what do you wish you could change about your teeth? Generally, many people want a whiter smile, less gaps between teeth, and chips or cracks gone. Asking yourself what you would like to see before treatment is important and can help Dr. Lesinski provide the most targeted solution.
Mild to moderate tooth discoloration, for example, doesn’t always require the placement of veneers. Patients looking to brighten their smile may find that our in-office teeth whitening procedure does the job and produces the results they want. Dental bonding can also serve as a less invasive alternative that corrects minor chips or cracks in teeth.
If your desires align with what veneers can do, Dr. Lesinski can perform a quick oral examination just to make sure no other procedures are needed prior to placement. It is important to remember that receiving veneers will permanently alter your natural tooth enamel which can’t be reversed. For this reason, we want you to be sure of your decision.
Who Is & Isn’t a Good Candidate
Patients interested in the veneers procedure are eligible as long as their smile is healthy and in good condition from the start. Veneers are best placed when there are no underlying oral health issues such as gum disease, missing teeth, tooth infection, severe crowding, or cavities.
Interested patients should also have strong enamel to begin with and not actively grind their teeth. Dr. Lesinski will not place a veneer over compromised enamel as it does not fix the structural issue at hand and will only worsen over time. If your enamel needs special care, we can discuss other restorative options aside from veneers.
Now, it is still possible to place veneers after certain conditions are treated and resolved. For instance, if you have an infection or a cavity but you want veneers, we can fill the cavity or help clear up the infection first to return your smile to a healthier state.
Top Benefits of Veneers
When it comes to veneers, there are several appealing benefits. For one, they can dramatically improve your smile and boost your confidence around family, friends, and co-workers. That means not hiding your smile or feeling shy when the camera is turned on you.
Other advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- Resistance to food and beverage stains
- Natural tooth look
- Can fix chipped, cracked, gapped, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Less filing and shaping required compared to dental crowns
- Whitens smile if a lighter shade is chosen
- Long-lasting wear if cared for properly
Ask Dr. Lesinski About Veneers Today
Your dream smile doesn’t have to be so far out of reach. With veneers, our cosmetic dentist in Washington, MI, can alter the way you see yourself and restore confidence when you show your teeth. Learn more about the procedure by calling Washington Family Dental today at (586) 752-4545 or feel free to contact us online.